The phone rings and it's your hyper-critical mother-in-law. She'll be over in less than a half hour for a visit. The bad news — besides the short notice visit — is that your house is trashed. The good news is there are several ways to clean your home, or make it look clean, in a jiffy. A timer, a laundry basket and few sweaty minutes of non-stop cleaning action can transform your place from post-tornado to visit-ready.
Things You'll Need
- Laundry basket
- Shopping bag
- Toilet brush
- Sponges or paper towels
- All-purpose cleaner
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Put the kids on toy duty. Tell them they don't have to put all their toys away, but that they need to gather all of them up and take them to their rooms. This should keep them busy and out of your hair for at least a few minutes. Light a candle or plug in an air freshener.
Turn your focus to the rooms your guest is most likely to enter: the living room, the kitchen and the bathroom. Set a timer for three to five minutes and work on clutter control. Carry a laundry basket and throw as much clutter into it as you can, recommends "Quick and Simple" magazine. Stow the basket away and tend to it later.
Gather up all your dirty dishes and put them in the dishwasher or the oven, recommends Nickeldeon Parents Connect. Don't waste time washing them right now. Once you've hidden the dishes, give the counters a quick wipe down.
Take a basket or empty shopping bag into the bathroom and gather up all the toothbrushes, lipstick tubes, hairspray bottles, empty toilet paper tubes and wayward magazines. Swish the toilet clean with a quick 30-second swipe of the toilet brush. Wipe down the sink and stash your bag or basket below it.
Vacuum if you have time. A freshly vacuumed floor makes a room look and feel clean, even if it isn't spotless. If you don't have time to clear all the clutter, vacuum the areas around the couches or guest seating areas.